Huge progress in park fundraiser

More than $500,000 do­nated to pur­chase neigh­bour­ing land

Havelock North Village Press - - News -

It’s not quite time to crack open the bub­bles, but Te Mata Park Trust is has re­ported huge progress for their One Giant Chance fundrais­ing cam­paign.

”We are get­ting closer and closer to our goal — to se­cure neigh­bour­ing land for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions to en­joy,” Mike Devon­shire, Chair­man of Te Mata Park Trust said.

“I am ex­tremely grate­ful and hum­bled by the gen­er­ous sup­port thus far,” Mr Devon­shire said.

“More than $500,000 has been do­nated from our com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing pri­vate donors, lo­cal busi­nesses, club events, GiveaLit­tle and lo­cal Char­i­ta­ble Trusts. Hast­ings Dis­trict Coun­cil has agreed to add an ad­di­tional $320,000 via the out­come of the 2019 An­nual Plan Con­sul­ta­tion process. We are con­fi­dent that this will be wel­comed by the lo­cal elec­torate.”

“These in­cred­i­ble num­bers are a gen­uine re­flec­tion that peo­ple be­lieve in our goal to fur­ther pro­tect this land­mass,” he said.

“Park users un­der­stand that this is a unique once-in-al­ife­time op­por­tu­nity that will truly en­hance Hawke’s Bay’s most iconic nat­u­ral as­set for­ever.”

Launched in July 2018, the One Giant Chance cam­paign aims to raise $1.25 mil­lion to pur­chase the 8.5ha block of land, and a fur­ther $250,000 for fu­ture track de­vel­op­ment and ex­ten­sive plant­ing of na­tive trees.

The dead­line for rais­ing the re­quired funds has been ex­tended to the end of April.

The orig­i­nal cam­paign dead­line was end of De­cem­ber 2018.

“The cur­rent landowner has been ex­tremely ac­com­mo­dat­ing and is cer­tainly keen to see this land be­come part of the Park,” Mr Devon­shire said.

“The land is cur­rently un­der con­tract and is sub­ject to meet­ing the fi­nance con­di­tion, by 30 April 2019.”

While this fundrais­ing ex­ten­sion does take away some of the pres­sure, the Trust Board is com­mit­ted to work­ing hard in the com­ing months to gen­er­ate the fi­nal re­main­ing funds through var­i­ous up­com­ing events and ini­tia­tives.

“We are con­tin­u­ing to re­ceive pos­i­tive sup­port from phil­an­thropic in­di­vid­u­als in our lo­cal com­mu­nity, who are step­ping for­ward to en­sure this land is se­cured for re­cre­ational and con­ser­va­tion pur­poses,” Mr Devon­shire said

“Be­ing the most vis­ited tourist at­trac­tion in Hawke’s Bay and with over 1 mil­lion vis­i­tors an­nu­ally, our Park and our trails are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly busier — and this is par­tic­u­larly ev­i­dent at this time of year. Te Mata Park is nearly burst­ing at the seams.

“This land will make our Park safer. Cham­bers Walk, one of the main ac­cess routes in to the Park from Tau­roa Road Car Park, is very con­gested, and this ad­di­tional land will help ease the pres­sure. Walk­ers and bik­ers will con­tinue to be sep­a­rated on dif­fer­ent tracks, en­sur­ing a safer and more en­joy­able en­vi­ron­ment for ev­ery­one.”

He said this new land will bring the Park closer to Have­lock North, and fur­ther ex­tend the bird cor­ri­dor Cape to City project from Cape Kid­nap­pers.

“New walk­ing tracks will be es­tab­lished, of vary­ing gra­di­ents and tech­ni­cal­ity. A be­gin­ner moun­tain bike track is also in­tended, suit­able for chil­dren. And a plant­ing pro­gramme is be­ing de­vel­oped that will in­clude ma¯ nuka, ngaio, flaxes, cab­bage trees and kawakawa, at­tract­ing more na­tive birdlife.”

A dis­creet and en­vi­ron­men­tally sen­si­tive Sculp­ture Walk­way has also been pro­posed. “In­te­grat­ing art, ed­u­ca­tion, his­tory and cul­ture, we en­vis­age that the story of Te Mata is re­flected through­out a taste­fully de­signed art ex­pe­ri­ence.

“It would be en­tirely in keep­ing with the look and feel of the Park, us­ing el­e­ments that re­flect the en­vi­ron­ment.”

The Park Trust also aims to in­vest fur­ther in learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“The in­ten­tion for the new land is to pro­vide en­hanced ed­u­ca­tional tools, to im­prove learn­ing of the unique flora and fauna, as well as the cul­tural sig­nif­i­cance of the Park. The lo­ca­tion of the new land makes it eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble from both car parks, and there­fore is ideal for school or youth groups to visit.”

He is keen to em­pha­sise the ur­gency of this goal.

“With less than four months un­til the fundrais­ing dead­line, we en­cour­age lo­cal schools, busi­nesses and com­mu­nity groups to get ac­tively in­volved with our fundrais­ing.

“We will only get one crack at buy­ing this neigh­bour­ing land. This will be a huge mile­stone in the his­tory of Te Mata

Park. Our grand­chil­dren will re­flect on this project as for­ward think­ing and vi­sion­ary. Let’s make it hap­pen, to­gether.”

To do­nate, visit the Trust’s GiveaLit­tle page.

“Ev­ery­one can make a con­tri­bu­tion, no mat­ter how small.

“Even $10 will as­sist the Trust Board to pur­chase this piece of land that will en­hance Te Mata Park for­ever.”

■ To do­nate of for more info go to www.tem­at­a­ or con­tact Emma on [email protected]­at­a­ if you wish to get in­volved with fundrais­ing, or as a ma­jor donor.

Te Mata Park Trust chair­man Mike Devon­shire.

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